As fitness professionals, we are well aware of the beneficial effects of exercise during stressful situations. But on September 11, 2001, managers and staff at fitness facilities worldwide wrestled with how best to help their members cope in a time of unprecedented tragedy and fear. Was it best to keep clubs open and try to offer members some semblance of normalcy? Could staff be expected to carry on and teach regular classes? What would be the right way to respond if a club did stay open? And when should normal activities resume if the club closed down for a while?
According to IDEA's 2001 group fitness Trendwatch report, yoga and Pilates are increasing in popularity at fitness facilities around the country. What makes these activities so popular? Mind-body modalities boast benefits such as stress reduction and improved breathing, posture and body awareness. In addition, the calming and centering aspects of mind-body classes bring balance into in...
Taking Clients to the Next Level of Concentration
How to use specific and effective mental techniques to improve performance during all components of an exercise session, from warm-up to cool-down.
wouldn't it be exciting if your students could be more focused all of the time? Most regular exercisers know that mental preparation is essential to improving
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Some people handle stress by undertaking great challenges and reaching for the stars. Many of us, however, react to pressure by reaching for a bag of chocolate chip cookies. The relationship between stress and eating behavior is complicated. Does stress simply re...
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atha yoga exercise continues to emerge as an effective means of improving muscular strength, flexibility, balance and--perhaps most important--mental development and self-efficacy. Scientific evidence suggests that hypertension, insulin resistance, chronic pain, coronary disease and asthma all respond favorably to one or more forms of hatha yoga. To h...
I f Yo u B u i l d I t , T h e y W i l l C o m e :
Starting a Pilates Program i n Yo u r F a c i l i t y
By Lindsay Merrithew and Moira Stott-Merrithew
ow that a U.S. District Court has ruled that Pilates is a generic term (see February 2001 IDEA Health & Fitness Source Industry Watch column for details), more and more fitness facilities are considering providing this popular form of exercis...
industry watch: program trends
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The 2000 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey found that yoga and Pilates continue to be two of the fastest-growing activities in fitness facilities today. The challenge for exercise professionals, however, is to conduct mind-body programs like these in a space that enables participants to have a relaxing experience. Here...
An Introduction to Medical Qigong
Learn how the ancient art of Qigong can help you and your clients cope with the stresses of today's changing world.
What Is Medical Qigong?
With the fitness industry evolving at a record pace, many clients hungry for wellness programs, and the aging population looking for "kinder, gentler" ways to exercise, it makes a lot of sense to add Qigong to your ...
ncreasingly, fitness facilities are offering Pilates programs. Although developed in the 1920s, Pilates--an exercise method involving controlled, nonimpact movements that engage both body and mind--has today become part of the fitness industry's lexicon as more and more clients clamor to try this type of workout. Marketing Angle. Because of the media attention Pilates has received...